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Cycles and social choice : the true and unabridged story of a most protean paradox / Thomas Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles.

Author/creator Schwartz, Thomas, 1943- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxi, 161 pages ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. Condorcet's two discoveries; 2. Incidence of the paradox; 3. Social rationality; 4. Arrovian cycle theorems; 5. Second line of cycle theorems: Condorcet generalizations; 6. Top Cycles in a fixed feasible set; 7. Strategic consequences of cycles; 8. Structural consequences of cycles; 9. Questions about prediction and explanation; 10. Questions about prescription and evaluation.
Abstract "The centuries-old paradox of voting is that majorities sometimes prefer x to y, y to z, and z to x - a cycle. The discovery of the sources and consequences of such cycles, under majority rule and countless other regimes, constitutes much of the mathematical theory of voting and social choice. This book explores the big questions posed by the paradox of voting: positive questions about how to predict outcomes and explain observed stability, and normative questions about how to hold elections, how to take account of preference intensities, the relevance of social welfare to social choice, and challenges to formal 'rationality', individual and social. The overall lesson is that cycles are facts, ubiquitous, and consequential in non-obvious ways, not puzzles to be solved, much less maladies or misfortunes to be avoided or regretted"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "The True and Unabridged Story of a Most Protean Paradox The centuries-old Paradox of Voting is that majorities sometimes prefer x to y, y to z, and z to x ? a cycle. The discovery of the sources and consequences of such cycles, under majority rule and countless other regimes, constitutes much of the mathematical theory of voting and social choice. This book explores the big questions posed by the Paradox of Voting: positive questions about how to predict outcomes and explain observed stability, and normative questions about how to hold elections, how to take account of preference intensities, the relevance of social welfare to social choice, and challenges to formal "rationality," individual and social"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2017052586
ISBN9781107180918
ISBN1107180910 hardcover

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